Patriots Select California Running Back Shane Vereen With 56th Pick in NFL Draft

The Patriots kept their 56th pick in the second round of the NFL draft, and used it to fill one of their needs at running back.

The Pats selected California running back Shane Vereen, a self-described "all-around back," that the New England staff had been eyeing during his pro day workouts.

The 5-foot-10 junior rushed for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns last season at Cal, finishing his collegiate career with 2,834 total rushing yards. Vereen played in every single game in his career at Cal, starting in 19 of them.

Though he left the Golden Bears after three years, Vereen is leaving his stamp on the program's record books, tying for third all-time in rushing touchdowns (29) and ranking seventh all-time in rushing yards.

Vereen also made a splash at the NFL combine, finishing first amongst running backs with the most bench press reps (31).

Check out some of Vereen's collegiate highlights in the video below.

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